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Description

Easy-to-Grow! A Stark Pick

Also called toka plum

Easy-to-grow fruit that smells and tastes like bubblegum! This heavy-producing tree yields crops of medium-to-large plums. Fruit has reddish-bronze skin and juicy yellow flesh that’s as sweet as candy. Tree has a lovely, erect, vase shape. Originates from South Dakota in 1911. Tolerant of temperatures as low as -50ºF. Cold-hardy. Clingstone. Ripens in July. Best pollinator: Superior Plum. (Prunus americana x Prunus salicina)

Characteristics

Bloom Color Cream, White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Rich, Juicy, Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 20' Tall X 18 - 20' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 20'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow plum trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Sounds good to me!
Phaedra B on Oct 8, 2018
Sounded good
Scotty N on Sep 24, 2018
Sounds good to me!
Phaedra B on Oct 8, 2018
It is a fruit to enjoy
Fred H on Oct 2, 2018
Sounded good
Scotty N on Sep 24, 2018
great fruit, exceptional pollinator
peter r on Sep 11, 2018
cold hardy and good eating plum
LARRY O on Aug 4, 2018
Had previously purchased this plum, it grew well and I wanted another one
Anne H on Jul 31, 2018
Hardiness Zone, there are not a lot of options for Zone 4 and depending on the year, we can see Zone 3 temperatures.
Tara R on May 4, 2018
Mostly as a cross pollinator for the Superior Plum. We can always give some to the grandkids if we have outgrown the bubblegum flavor.
Jane R on Apr 7, 2017
Love sweet plums and don't have this one.
Kathryn H on Mar 27, 2017
To cross-pollinate with the Superior Plum I purchased and because these are wonderful plums!
Garland D on Feb 2, 2017
My 12 yr old son is intrigued by the description of the flavor. I have another mini yellow fruit plum tree that I think this would be a great compliment to.
Lisa P on Jan 5, 2017
This is supposed to grow well in northern locations. (I live in Connecticut). I got this and Superior Plum for cross pollination.
Karen B on Oct 12, 2016
My daughter loves plums. I thought this would be a good candidate to grow in a small space.
Tonya J on May 17, 2016
It is a fruit to enjoy
Fred H on Oct 2, 2018
great fruit, exceptional pollinator
peter r on Sep 11, 2018
Is this tree partially self fruitful? If i dont plant another variety will i still see some fruit. When i look at the other plum trees is says it needs a polinator. This tree doesnt say that.
Brett on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I went to another website and it does state that Bubblegum Plum does need another plum tree with the Superior plum tree.
What are the chill requirements of the total plum and what is the approximate age of the Supreme xl, Toka plum?
Paul U on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Bubblegum?? (or Toka) Plum has a chill-hours requirement of only about 400 hours. The Supreme XL tree is two years old, but is exceptionally vigorous. A Stark?? Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
I have this tree as well as Santa Rosa and Methley. Are those good enough as pollinators or do I really need to add superior as well?
Jeff L on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Good news! You are all set. Santa Rosa and Methley with take care of your Bubblegum Plum.
I have a Santa Rosa plum tree at home. Will it pollinate with the Bubblegum Plum if I add one?
Dennis L on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It would be an iffy proposition, because Bubblegum blooms later than Santa Rosa.
Is there a tree that produces plums with a red flesh that can be used as a pollinator with a bubblegum plum?
myklx on Jan 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: One plum variety that comes to mind is called 'Black Ice' and it has red flesh, plus it is a recommended pollinator for the Bubblegum plum.
Is the bubblegum plum tree a European Plum Tree or a Japanese plum tree? I am wondering what the best method of pruning is.
10000 on Jul 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Bubblegum Plum is an American x Japanese hybrid. I've attached a link to our growing guide on how to prune plum trees. I hope this information is helpful.
//www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/how-to-grow/fruit-trees/plum-trees/pruning
Can these trees (Superior and Toka) be planted between 8 feet of each other?
Carlos d on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: From my experience, plum trees are harder to control as to size by pruning and therefore planting them to close can cause problems when they reach maturity. I believe 10 feet would be the bare minimum and 12 to15 feet would be much better to allow space to move between the trees for pruning and picking. This would be for a dwarf or possibly a semi-dwarf. A full-size tree would require more space.
My tree is growing well and has many fruitlets every spring, but for three years running I've lost the entire crop to what I suspect are sawflies. What's the best way to deal with this?
Jason H on Jul 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Growers have reported great success in defeating sawflies with this: //www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/pest-and-disease-controls/monterey-fruit-tree-spray-plus Should you decide to try it, please let us know how it goes? We hate to see crop loss like this and hope this will solve your problem.
Will this Bubblegum plum pollinate with a Starking delicious plum?
Anna H on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They have similar bloom times.
Will this Bubblegum/Toka cross-pollinate with an "American Plum" tree?
David L on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Difficult to say. One key factor would be whether their bloom times overlap. You may want to contact your local growers/experts for some experienced insight.
Has anyone had any success with any other pollinators besides the superior plum?
Elise W on Mar 1, 2018

Customer Reviews

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Bubblegum (Toka) plum
Very pleased. It is developing into a very nicely shaped tree requiring minimal pruning and is doing well in my pH 7.6 soil! It bloomed this spring in its third year and has set quite a bit of fruit. I had a serious aphid attack recently but controlled it with Malathion.
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Bubblegum Plum
These are such sweet tasty jewels and they make wonderful jam/ jelly as well as eating them fresh. Tree's are loaded with blossoms again this year.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Bubblegum Plum
Bought two BG's and 1 Methly premium bare root trees. Planted them in large pots and am training them as 6' high - 3 cordon espalier so I can reach them and take them with me if I move. I'm too old for lasdders which is why I cut down 3 perfectly good plums to make room for the new dwarfs. Stripping young fruit till year 3 harvest and they are growing well. Oh yes, you have to water them often but it's worth the effort. Stopped using Stark's competitors stock years ago. Bob, Atlanta, GA [on a 3/4 acre suburban lot]
July 24, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Patience Required
So you've decided on a fruit tree! It's exciting and Stark Bros has my recommendation. I bought my Bubblegum Plum tree 4/28/13 and it is 6/19/16 now. It took about 3 years to see fruit(which is normal amount of time to wait for fruit trees to start to produce). Buying and maintaining fruit trees is for the patient. So if you want fast, go buy something on Amazon otherwise. Sit back, order up some Stark Bros trees, plant in a sunny location and add some love on your part. In 3 years you may see some fruit.
June 19, 2016
Tart skin with out of this world sweet flesh
In 5th summer with our tree. Still quite small compared to other plums but set loads of fruit. My kids hoarded this plum once we got the first taste. They would go visit the tree daily until the next plum was ripe. So juicy and sweet. Best enjoyed with a towel in hand. The smell was intoxicating as well. Ill be buying more of these for future plantings.
August 24, 2017
Doing Great
Tree is growing vigorously, even blossomed this spring but I did not allow it to fruit. It has put on probably 30 inches of growth since planted last July.
June 21, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
bubblrgum plum
a large attractive tree which bloomed this spring. weather was cold wet and windy, so no fruit set. Seems resistant to disease and bugs.
August 7, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
so far so good!
This is only its second year so I haven't had any fruit from it yet. However, it was shipped well and it overwintered well. It bloomed this year at the same time as the superior plum so I have high hopes!
May 21, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Healthy
It was easy to plant and care for. It is very health with some upward growth. I try and make sure it gets enough water in dry spells and did get fruit this year but I picked most off because the branches were not able to support it all.
May 17, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Bubblegum Plum
Tree is still very young but is growing beautifully!
May 9, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago